Photoshop Blend Modes Explained

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In this blog post photographer Robert Thomas explains how blend modes work in Photoshop. He shows how to manipulate blend layers through keyboard shortcuts, as well explains the actual mathematical operations that drives each mode.

(Thanks Khoi)

creature book

New York based photographer Andrew Zuckerman just launched a new site featuring his growing library of animal photography. includes over 400 images from the expanding catalogue along with taxonomical data for each of the species.

(Wish there was a keyboard shortcut to switch between the photos. Or did I miss this?)

Animals Dressed As People

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I find these fashion photos of animals dressed as people by Yago Partal oddly charming.

(Thank you Keef)

Kite Hill

Kite Hill

Paul Octavious is selling the Kite Hill print. Oh summer, you’re so close!

Silk Threads

silk threads

A collection of antique silk threads. Yes to seeing beauty in the mundane.

Wearing Vegetation

Old People Wearing Vegetation

This is fascinating in a refreshingly absurd way: Old People Wearing Vegetation.

Created by Riittai Konen and Karoline Hjorth.

(via bb)

Double Vision by Julia Robbs

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In an email earlier today, our Tattly photographer Julia Robbs, told me about her brand spanking new site. (Which has a Tattly section! Yay!) The site is beautiful and shows what an incredible talent she is. But what got me most excited is the fact that she now offers the Double Vision photograph as a print. I think I might be developing a pigeon obsession.


Imgembed aims to establish a new standard for fair, online image use. It makes your photos easily embeddable and monetizable. Happy to see folks trying to innovate in this space.



The 0.99$ I spent on MaddieCam on Sunday have already paid off a hundred times over. Haven’t had this much fun with an app in a while. Maddie is the famous internet coonhound that stands on things and now, you can put her on anything you’d like, thanks to MaddieCam.

There’s also a fantastic book out about her: Maddie on Things. Oh, and she once stood on my desk.

Yes, I am a fan.

Tulip Fields in Holland

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Normann Szkop took these stunning photos while flying over Dutch tulip fields.

Phoneography 101

Photojojo University

Photojojo just launched Phoneography! It’s a 4 week class teaching you the fundamentals of photography, through the lens of your phone. Twice a week, you’ll get a simple, fun email with a new lesson, ending with a challenge to help you solidify your new skills.

The Photojojo team took everything you’d learn in a real-world photography class — composition, framing, editing — and re-thought it for the phone. It’s delivered in bite-size chunks over four weeks so it’s easy to digest and practice this stuff. And of course, they made it fun.

I heart Photojojo.

I am not there

Images by Pol Úbeda Hervàs

The I’m Not There series by Pol Úbeda Hervàs made me look.

A Room With a View

A room with a view. Rooms seen from above. Beautiful.

(via Wesley)

Barrel Woman

Annie Edson Taylor (1838–1921) was an American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The desire to secure her later years financially, and avoid the poorhouse, made her came up with the idea. The trip itself took less than twenty minutes. Afterwards she told the press: “If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat… I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.”

I am speechless. What a crazily courageous woman.

Update: She was mentioned in this Radiolab series.

The iPhone Wrist Strap

Considering how often I drop my phone, I fully qualify to own one of these iPhone Wrist Straps.

The iPhone Cable Trigger

The iPhone Cable Trigger is a remote shutter release for iDevices. Handy for those times when you want to take a photo without touching your phone, and for starting and stopping video sans camera-shake.

Maddie on my Desk

Do you know about Maddie On Things, the dog from the internet? Well, she just visited Studiomates and took the opportunity to stand on my desk. My year has been made. I don’t think I have ever been this excited about a studio visit.

And if you are as big of a Maddie fan as I am, you might want to know that she has a book coming out. I just pre-ordered my copy. Congrats to Theron Humphrey, Maddie’s owner, for starting the Maddie phenomenon.

Talk about a cool dog and dog owner power house.

A Somewhat Unlucky House

A somewhat unlucky house“, art by Beata Rydén.

(Thank you Thomas)

Dog Camera Cozy

This Dog Camera Cozy just put the biggest smile on my face. Congrats to Sarah Goldschadt, the crafty mastermind.

Space Suit Design in 1977

Hubert Vykukal demonstrates the mobility of his Hardsuit AX-3 Space Suit design. All kinds of fascinating!

Famous Architects Dressed as their Buildings

Famous Architects Dressed as their Buildings in 1931. I heart this.

3 Way Camera Strap

I love how this 3 Way Camera Strap adapts to your needs.


Shantanu Starick is a talented young photographer from Brisbane who is travelling the world trading his skills for food, board and travel expenses. He will be arriving in New York City late November, anyone up for a pixel trade?

Out of Place

Hamburg-based artist Robert Rickhoff invades public space with humor through a series of digitally manipulated photographs in his Bachelor project entitled ‘Out of Place’.